Looking well can seem like a big undertaking financially. Before you get your credit card out, it’s a good idea to take a few steps to make sure you don’t end up A. wasting money and B. needlessly clogging up your precious wardrobe space (extra precious if you are in London).
Take stock of what you have
Pay special attention to clothes that you bought but have barely worn. Equally, take note of the real favorites. Note the brands and types of clothes that you love and the ones you are just about willing to pass. Besides giving you an idea of the items that it may be time to throw out, it will give you an insight into you who you really are style-wise.
Consider what is flattering and what isn’t
Sort your favorite clothes into ones that make you look good and those that are just comfy. Once again, note the common trends. Here a very important aspect is your figure. There is a simple way to think about your body type. Consider the width of your shoulders versus the width of your hips. If you have wide hips, then it could be a good idea to avoid items that add volume, such as peplum. If you have wide shoulders, try not to draw attention to the top: avoid epaulettes and frills. If the width of your shoulders and hips is the same, draw attention to the waist. It could be a good idea to pick out one or two celebrities who are of the same “type” as you and whose style resonates with yours. Observe what works for them. There is a series of articles on this blog – Always Looks Good. Have a read, you will definitely, guaranteed and guaranteed once more get a few good ideas that will help you to…
Create a list
Having gone through all that hard work, you might now have a few looks in mind. It is generally ill-advised to go shopping without a plan. After all, there is a huge industry trying to sell things. You need to know what it is you are hunting for.
Always read the label
It is a matter of personal preference, but, where possible, go for items made of better materials. A lambswool sweater will lint much sooner than merino wool. Polyester will almost never look so good as to give you that refined glow. Labels such as COS, Gerard Darel, Ralph Lauren, GANT, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers have made it easier to find amazing materials at affordable prices.
Let the accessories do the heavy lifting
Accessories are key. The devil is in the detail, of course, you know that already. You can invest into one pair of expensive sunglasses, Prada are a favorite of mine, and pair them with a plain Zara dress. People will assume that your dress is consistent with your sunglasses, and you will look like a movie star.
Quality over quantity
Having said that, it is best to avoid buying things that are uncomfortably expensive. I snatched a vintage Dolce and Gabbana jacket in a Paris store once and paid approx. 200 euro for it. Had I paid the full price, I would have been completely heart broken when an elderly lady accidentally spilled coffee all over it.
How do you know quality when you see it? It is not a matter or brand or price. There is only one criterion and one rule to go by: If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Every single item you buy has to make you feel like you are a queen, no less. After all, you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t sufficiently invested and deserving of looking show-stoppingly well in all eventualities.